Indeed, rooms rich with detail - "ribbons, trimmings, architectural details and paintings within paintings" - are a joy to paint, says SJ, admitting she is less keen on capturing, "shelves of books, people and animals". As for what makes a truly great room? "It’s much like the composition of a painting: balance, colour, pattern, and composition. An interior for me has to have soul; I love anything with a tasteful mix of pattern and a few antiques thrown in."
"SJ’s watercolours are for me pure escapism," says Martina. "They transport you into another dimension, literally into other rooms that through her touch feel so cosy and dreamy."
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